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12 Years

I sat in my 11th grade PreCalc class, eyes glued to the television, and watched, in horror, as the second plane hit the towers. I looked at the faces of my classmates and teachers and knew that the fear and confusion displayed on their faces mirrored my own. I was afraid of what this meant. I was afraid of what the future held. I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to be in the safety of the arms of my boyfriend. I just wanted to know that my loved ones were alright. A million questions and fears were racing through my mind. What if this was just the beginning? Was something going to happen here? What if this is the start of war? Would my boyfriend be drafted? In those first few hours of chaos, it seemed that no one knew what was happening. The only thing we knew for certain is that from this moment on, everything has changed. In those awful, terrifying moments, as my fears grew stronger with each passing event of the worst day any of us can remember, I could never have imagined the life I would have today. Twelve years later, I look forward to the safety of those same arms; only now instead of my boyfriend, I have been able to call him my husband for almost 9 and a half years. Twelve years later, I got to hug and kiss my amazing 3 pound miracle baby as I dropped her off to second grade. Twelve years later, I am cuddling and watching cartoons with my other miracle baby before I drop him to his first day of preschool. Twelve years later, God has provided me with more blessings than I could ever count. I thank Him every day for this life. Twelve years later, my heart still breaks for those who lost loved ones that day, and twelve years later, my heart is extremely grateful for those who have fought for my freedom. Thank you for making it possible for me to live this life that God has blessed me with.

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